Twenty minutes — that is the furthest apart Tate and Zach Wyatt have ever crossed the finish line.
Of course, it wasn’t really a ‘finish line’ but rather the day the twin brothers were born 17 years ago, with Tate entering the world first.
Other than that, the tandem are typically running step-for-step, usually completing their races less than two seconds apart.
Earlier this month, Zach took top spot at the B.C. high school cross-country championships at Vancouver’s Jericho Beach, finishing the 6.9-kilometre race in 23:17. Right on his tail was Tate, who clocked in at 23:18.
The brothers — Grade 12 students at R.E. Mountain Secondary — chased their older sister Autumn into cross-country.
These days they train with the Langley Mustangs track and field club.
Coming from a soccer family — all three play or played the game, including their father, Dave — an ability to run was never an issue. They even have the runner’s build — long legs and a slim frame.
The switch in sports meant the brothers would now be chasing the same goal.
“Competing against my brother, we are really close (so) sometimes it is hard when you come second,” Tate explained. “But at the end of the day, (I’m) competing against someone who is equally as fast as me, if not faster.
“Sometimes it is kind of bittersweet if your brother wins and you come in behind him,” he added.
And when it comes to head-to-head, Zach has got the better of his sibling in their last four major high school races — two earlier this fall during cross-country season and then two last spring as part of the track and field season.
At the 2017 B.C. high school track and field championships in June, Zach won gold in the senior boys’ 2000m steeplechase with a time of 6:00.75 while Tate won bronze in 6:02.76. (Zach also edged Tate 8:52.99 compared to 8:54.45 in the 3000m race, placing fourth and sixth, respectively).
Last month, Zach won bronze at the Fraser Valley cross-country championships with a time of 15:27, two seconds ahead of Tate’s 15:29 and fourth-place finish. And then a few weeks later, the Wyatts finished one-two at the B.C. high school championships, with Zach again winning gold.
by Gary Ahuja, Langley Times
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